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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

Attention TNT. Please chill out with the ads for The Alienest. The show looks great. I’m sure it is amazing. But an ad every 45 seconds during my daily 5 am episode of Law and Order is getting old. Plus, the show is on way too late for me to actually watch it, and you seem to refuse to stream your shows on Hulu. It is 2018. Time to get with the times.

Troy and I have the iphones that were impacted by the whole battery slowdown scandal. We were able to order new batteries at a discounted rate and spent a whopping five hours at the stupid mall getting those batteries replaced. And guess what? They’re barely any better and now my phone will not vibrate to alert me to texts or phone calls (and yes I have tried everything). So I’ve got that going for me. Phones man. Phones. #firstworldproblems

The only person who didn’t mind spending a whole day at the Apple store.

This past week was a great few days of food! I had intended to make these turkey burgers but when the day came to make them we didn’t have time. Troy makes amazing burgers so he just made his normal recipe using ground turkey. I was trying out a new dipping sauce so we tried it on the burgers and the fries. Delicious! And then about 15 minutes before dinner I decided to throw together a quick roasted veggie side dish that we loved. I’m going to make it again this coming week before sharing the recipe, and I am excited to tell you all about it. Shockingly, it is made from cauliflower which I cannot stand.

Last week I told you about Tillamook’s Malted Moo Shake ice cream and how much we loved it. Well, we had friends over for dinner on Monday and the boys and I ran to the store to get more for dessert. They were out so we tried the Waffle Cone Swirl and holy crapola, it is delicious! Track it down because it’s a limited edition so who knows how long it will be around.

Hey, so I have a favor to ask if you don’t mind. For any of you who have made one of my recipes, would you do me a solid and go back and rate it (assign stars and leave a comment)? Google likes to show their users recipes that have been rated by readers, so this can help me get my stuff in front of more people. You can search all my recipes here and do a quick scroll through to maybe find something you’ve made in the past. The site is currently a bit glitchy, so if you find a “page not found” in your search, please let me know in the comments! Hey, thanks so much. You’re all beautiful people.

We discovered a pretty rad hand lotion this week. The wintery weather and constant handwashing at work have left Troy’s hands pretty busted. For whatever reason, he isn’t one to carry a lotion bar around so we needed another solution. My friend was recently raving about O’Keeffe’s foot cream (I don’t know why, but the term “foot cream” just skeeves me out), so I bought their hand lotion at Target. It’s wonderful and under $7.

Hey, so if you get my posts via email, there was a glitch in the Matrix this week. Can’t wait to be done with that email system soon! I deleted a really old post that was no longer relevant and it sent it out as a new post notification. So, that was weird and I’m sorry for spamming you. All should be fixed with the new site.

I need you to answer a question for me.


It is of utmost importance.

What is the best meal you have ever eaten? And where were you? Please tell me!

I have really good news if you have made or plan to make my Vegetable Soup With Mini Cheese Ravioli! Through a series of rigorous testing and cross-testing (i.e., Bennett accidentally pushed some buttons on the Instant Pot), I found the soup can actually cook in 17 minutes instead of 30 in the Instant Pot. Boom. Game changer!

Weekly post recap/wrap up.

Confessions came back this week! Did you share your own?

It’s so weird that the Gucci wardrobe team used my mom’s shirt from 1987 for this ad.

Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles – one of my favorite go-to heat and eat breakfasts. A quick pop in the microwave or toaster means you have a hearty and healthy meal ready in minutes.

Vegan Sriracha Aioli – for people who love the combo of spicy and creamy but greatly dislike mayo. Which would be me.

vegan sriracha aioli

Troy and I watched Get Out on Friday. I knew the whole plot thanks to listening to a spoiler-filled podcast. And even though I knew what was going on I still had so much anxiety while watching it. Like heart-pounding, puking in my mouth anxiety during a few scenes (when Rose is looking for her keys). Nicely done Jordan Peele. Nicely done. Now please make a comedy next because I can’t handle the pressure. But maybe not Keanu II. Ok, thanks.

Speaking of podcasts, I shared on Facebook this week that I am currently obsessed with a new one that I just discovered called Slow Burn. It is about the Watergate scandal but it isn’t nearly as boring as you might think. I’ve learned so much and have also been entertained. And slightly freaked out. Please listen to it. And then let’s talk!

Meal plan time!

Monday:: Homemade Pizza and roasted veggies

Tuesday:: Asian chicken taco boats, roasted veggies, and garlic bread (<—-to keep Jack from whining too much)

Wednesday:: Spinach Ravioli from Smith Brother’s Farms and salad

Thursday:: Healthy Sausage and Roasted Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner and garlic bread

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night

Saturday:: Out. My house will be super clean for Bennett’s birthday party the next day and I’m not cooking or letting these boys mess up the place. Eff that noise. I’m tempted to have them sleep in the chicken coop.

Sunday:: Bennett’s birthday party!

Smith Brother’s Farms: $19.93

Fred Meyer: $19.05

What are you having this week?

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22 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. One of my favorites was abac in Barcelona in 2015. It was so great, we went back in 2017 but didn’t enjoy it as much then.

    Also if a chocolate almond croissant and coffee is a meal, then Arcade Bakery in NYC. 🙂

  2. O’keefe’s hand cream=awesome. I have to wash my hands like 40 times a day at work and that stuff helps a ton. Picking a favorite meal is a tough one. I definitely crave dumplings from Din Tai Fung. We have nothing that compares here in the southeast. For home meals, it’s probably my mom’s spinach quiche. I love reading your “Scattered Sundays” entries. Thanks! Have a great night!

  3. When I click on ‘Jump to Recipe ‘ link at the top of the Hummus one, I get a 404 error

  4. O’Keeffe’s hand cream for the win! (Also available at Home Depot near the painting section!) I can’t live without it. It feels a bit strange at first, but after it dries, it’s fine. Highly recommended.

  5. So obviously I’m computer ignorant. I have made 3 of your recipes how how the two which has the stars won’t let me select them. The other recipe (Cashew Chicken) doesn’t have any stars.

    • The cashew chicken one hasn’t been updated yet include a “real” recipe card so no stars can be assigned. One of the drawbacks of blogging for 7 years is that I only started using a recipe card option last summer. It is a lot of recipes to update. 🙂 I’ll work on that this week. Thank you!

  6. I can’t figure out how to rate your waffles. My all time favorite waffle recipe I’ve made approximately 700 times!!!!

  7. I can’t rate your frittata!! It doesn’t think it’s a recipe. ? Rating other favorites now! ❤️

    • I haven’t updated that one to have a “real” recipe card yet so nope, no rating system yet. I’ll add it to my list this week. Thank you so much!

  8. Best meal at home or in a restaurant?

  9. Hi Sarah, with regard to Bennett’s learning to use household appliances (I’m all for all children doing this!) He was right about soup not needing as long as IP soup setting. Think about pulses for example, you can cook those in 10 minutes and up, so why is soup going to take any longer, when the hardest least cookable vegetables do in that time?

    I made pea and mint soup today, without thinking set it on the ‘SOUP’ setting, but the peas (fresh when they were frozen) were greyed out by the time I opened up.

    I’m on a roll, made Sweet potato, BNS & Ginger on Monday, Mushroom soup on Weds and then Pea and Mint today. Trying sooooo hard to be organised.

    I’ve said it before…. I love your blog!

    • I do wonder why the soup setting seems so long. I guess I’ll just do manual pressure or the soup setting with less time from now on.

      What is BNS & Ginger? I’m intrigued!

      Thanks so much for being a reader!

  10. Do we need to comment for our ratings to save? I figured out where to click to rate, but I can’t tell that it is working. Am I missing a step or needing to comment?